- Beachmere RSL Sub Branch Inc
Beachmere, QLD 4510
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Sub Branch History
In 1990 a number of locals gathered together to discuss the lack of an RSL Sub Branch in Beachmere. They thought if they could get a Sub Branch established the local veteran community could get together and discuss issues and provide welfare assistance. At this time however, there was a lack of ex-service persons in Beachmere to form a Sub Branch under the regulation. Undeterred and after many meetings, door knocking and word of mouth a small band of 11 gathered together.
The first Charter of the Beachmere RSL Sub Branch was issued in 1992 by Mr Lindsay McCulloch RSL Qld South Eastern District. Membership in the Sub Branch was up and down since established but with persistence and support from Council a memorial was established at the entrance to Beachmere on Beachmere Road this memorial stood for many years until it was decided to redesign and move it to its current location in Clayton Park.
On 01 December 2015 it was decided by the members of both the Beachmere RSL Sub Branch and the Beachmere Community Club that it was in the best interest of both organisations and the community as a whole to amalgamate and form the Beachmere RSL. This was seen as a major move for both associations in a commitment to provide the growing Beachmere Veteran and general community with a safe, comfortable, family friendly environment and social venue.
Community support for the veterans past present and future continues to grow with numbers attending remembrance services including ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day steadily increasing to over 700 for the 2016 ANZAC Day Service.
The venue is all about the Veterans both young and old. It provides a comfortable quiet atmosphere in which the Veterans can come and speak to RSL Welfare Officers and Advocates about their situations. It is a Centre for all who need it.
The RSL tries to employ local people which helps to develop and maintain a very strong, friendly, community atmosphere. Each year brings with it growth and opportunity. The Sub Branch continues to grow and new ideas developed. Support for the veterans and the greater community remains the priority and with an influx of new, younger members the future looks very promising.